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Vetting Potential Home Inspectors: An Interview with Christopher Sudano of Pro Chek Home Inspections

By Chris Sudano

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

Pro Chek Home Inspection Services, established in 1993, is a privately owned Company headquartered in Danbury, CT, serving all of CT and NY. The scope of the business at that time was providing home inspection services to relocation companies across the country. Over time the company realized there was a significant local need for professional home inspection services. The company began concentrating on performing inspections for clients in the home buying process here in Connecticut and New York solely in 2000 by hiring and training its own employees. Today, we dedicate ourselves to providing our clients with comprehensive service with our skilled Employee/Inspector Team. Our mission is to help our clients make comfortable, informed decisions when making one of the largest investments they will ever have to make.

What are some of the services your company provides?

Pro Chek Home Inspection Services provides a full range of inspection services including the general home inspection, radon testing, water testing, termite inspections and air quality testing. Should any additional testing be required, we can assist our clients by making appropriate arrangements.

Finding the right home inspector can seem very overwhelming for a first timer, what is any advice you have for them?

A first time home buyer should make it a point to fully understand what a home inspection involves. To this end, first time buyers should visit their States Department of Consumer Protection website to fully understand what the scope of a home inspection includes. Additionally first time buyers should speak with their Realtors to help better understand the process.

When it comes down to it, what are the five most important things that you think they need to know about their home inspector and inspection?

First time home buyers as well as any buyer requiring the services of a home inspector should speak directly with several companies to learn the following:

What service does the inspector provide? Are they licensed and what experience do they have? Do they guarantee their work What type of reports are issues and how long does it take to receive it? What is the complete cost of the inspection and possible optional test?

How do the state legislation's of Connecticut affect the home inspection process?

The States of Connecticut and New York, where Pro Chek operates, require homes inspectors to be licensed. Additionally, each State had a defined work scope that all inspectors are required to follow. This oversight has significantly improved and elevated the standards of the industry.

What legal facets should first time inspectors be aware of when it comes to the home inspection process?

First time inspectors or those individuals new to the industry should be aware of the serious obligation inspectors have to their clients. Home buyers look to their inspector for clear guidance about the condition of a home which will enable them to make informed decisions. Therefore new inspectors must fully understand that they must be licensed, knowledgeable and capable in undertaking the responsibility of conducting inspections for clients. There are potential legal ramifications involved on every inspection. It is essential that new inspectors understand their State's work scope and code of ethics completely.

What is the best way for people to reach out to you or your company?

Our firm can be reached by calling us at 800 338-5050 or e-mailing us at info@prochek.com. We are available 7 days per week.

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